President Rodrigo Duterte has rubbished solar power’s future as a viable alternative source of electricity for Filipinos. Duterte made the statement as he kept his faith in coal as the primary energy source of the country for the next two to three generations.
“Alam mo ang pinaka ano is coal. At maniwala ka, coal will be used for the next 30 years. Hindi ‘yung sabi nila na ano ‘yung sa — the — the sun. Wala ‘yan,” said Duterte in a speech in Jolo. “It cannot sustain as yet the technology cannot sustain it. Iilan lang, parang baterya, iilan lang ang makarga niyan. We have yet to invent a new one,” he added.
Duterte said he was ready to open the country’s borders for increased trading in “big time coal.”
This is a 180-degree turnaround for Duterte who declared the need to “fast-track renewable energy resources to reduce the country’s dependence on traditional energy sources such as coal” in his State of the Nation Address in 2019.